Title: Fire Balls
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Balls to the Wall Book 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 02-08-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 120
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Balls to the Wall Romance
Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands five foot six, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate—and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe—humiliating Hunter in front of his dad!
Hunter lives a dream life—his father’s dream. While he’d like to teach literature in college, read poetry in the sun, and find a strong guy to top him, he fights fires for his dad. Hunter hates flamboyant guys like Rodney. So why can’t he resist him? Maybe it’s time to admit this is one flame he has no desire to put out.
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.
This is the second book in the Balls to The Wall series. Although the first book contains background to the characters, you do not have to read it to enjoy this fun, lively story about friends in a tight-knit Southern California beach community. As with most of this author’s writing, this book has a feel good happy ever after ending that takes some drama and angst to get to. The plot of this story if focused on Rodney. Rodney is an over the top, flamboyant, gay man. More importantly, he is an extremely talented artist who paints male nudes. He is also smaller than the average male but is no easy target. Rodney is a black belt in Karate, so don’t let the pink hair fool you. Rodney can take care of himself. Rodney is also very attracted to Hunter. Hunter is a local firefighter who is beautiful and Rodney’s vision of a perfect male. Unfortunately, Rod must keep his dreams of the sexy firefighter to himself because he is helping his best friend, Jerry date Hunter. There is so much chemistry between these characters. When Rodney begins to paint Hunter’s portrait, things get out of control. This is a shorter story with some intense action. It is fast-paced, easy to read, with strong characters and just enough excitement. As I already mentioned, this book will give you the happy ever after that I for one look forward to. These are all strong characters that have overcome some challenges in their lives building friendships and loving relationships.